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October 21, 2013

Blackhawk’s XP135A Upgrade Sustains Emmerson Daily’s Passion For Aviation

Blackhawk’s XP135A Upgrade Sustains Emmerson Daily’s Passion For Aviation

LAS VEGAS, NV, October 21, 2013 – Emmerson Daily’s Beechcraft King Air F90 helped carry him through a highly successful career supporting material-handling operations in the southern U.S. As he begins to fully enjoy the fruits of that success, Daily has turned to Blackhawk Modifications to sustain his pleasures aloft.

The executive, who over 28 years built Jackson-Miss.-headquartered Daily Equipment Company into one of the U.S.’ largest and most well-known dealers of lift trucks, recently purchased Blackhawk’s XP135A upgrade. That upgrade will increase his King Air F90’s true airspeed and maximum range, decrease time to climb and reduce operating and maintenance costs. The decision to upgrade also spares Daily the cost and uncertainty of a pending hot-section inspection on his old engines.

“Aviation is my passion,” Daily said. “The added performance of the XP135A upgrade will allow me to enjoy that passion more, while increasing the efficiency and value of my aircraft. I look forward to putting the Blackhawk upgrade through its paces.”

Since Daily acquired the King Air F90 nine years ago, it has aided him in visiting and managing Daily Equipment’s six Mississippi and Louisiana locations, flying to those sites twice a week or more from its base at Jackson’s Hawkins Field. Having sold his company in 2012, Daily now expects to fly the King Air every week or two for personal transportation and for his other business activities, including his directorships on boards of a defense contractor, a bank and an insurance firm.

The Blackhawk XP135A replaces the King Air F90’s PT6A-135s with factory-new versions of that engine that carry new warranties from Pratt & Whitney Canada. No airframe modifications are required for upgrade, which is exclusively endorsed by Beechcraft and certified by the FAA, the European Aviation Safety Agency and Brazil’s ANAC. In addition to the improvements in costs, true airspeed, range and time to climb, the upgrade increases the F90’s single-engine service ceiling and resale value.

In addition to the new engines, the upgrade includes STC paperwork, a flight manual supplement, instructions for continued airworthiness, a P&WC engine logbook, a Blackhawk logbook case, a cycle book and aircraft decals, and a prepaid enrollment in CAMP Systems’ aircraft maintenance tracking program and The Trend Group Turbine Trend Analysis program. Customers also have an option to include new Blackhawk Hawkeye DigiLog gauges.

Visit with the Blackhawk team Oct. 22–24, 2013 during the National Business Aviation Association’s 66th Annual Meeting and Convention (NBAA 2013). Its exhibit is at Booth C7032 in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

About Blackhawk Modifications

Blackhawk Modifications, Inc., founded in 1999 in Waco, Texas, is a recognized aviation leader in providing engine performance solutions to the turboprop fleet. The company has the largest installed fleet of STC twin-engine turboprop engine upgrades, making Blackhawk the largest non-OEM buyer of new Pratt & Whitney turboprop engines in the world. A worldwide network of approved dealers and service support centers complements Blackhawk’s U.S. facilities. For more information, visit Contact: Abbey Thomas Blackhawk Modifications 7601 Karl May Drive Waco, TX 76708 (254) 755-6711